Nubia is a unique phone manufacturer that pushes innovation to new standards. Their Nubia X, introduced last year came with dual screens to eliminate the need for a front facing camera to achieve a impressive 93.6% screen coverage.
This year’s Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC 2019) sees bendable screens taking the center stage for phone manufacturers. Of course, as one of those innovators Nubia want to be a part of that craze. They do so with a twist though. Instead of putting the bendable display into another foldable phone for the market, Nubia makes a rectangular watch; the Nubia-α.
There’s more than meets the eye here. The Nubia-α is not like the usual wearable smartwatch that acts as an extension of your smartphone; it is a phone. You can even get it with an eSIM if you need to choose between your smartphone or your watch; a smartphone watch.
The Nubia-α is a little bit of both. It has the most basic of a phone’s functionality such as voice calls, and text messaging. But it is also a smartwatch with a fitness tracker. It can also make mobile payments, has a working voice control, and even take pictures or record videos. Of course, the Nubia-α watch comes equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi.
As for the hardware the Nubia-α packs a Snapdragon Wear 2100 which is not the latest chipset, but it is still good for what it is. It is paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB Storage which is enough; most of the storage would be synced to your phone anyway. It has a 4-inch display with a 95% screen coverage. The camera is a single 5-Megapixel sensor which is mounted to the side of the bezel. The other side is a gesture sensor for gesture controls obviously to scroll through the menu
The 500 mAh battery on the smartphone watch should last for about one to two days with regular usage according to Nubia. It charges wirelessly via a magnetic charger making a breeze to plug in. There will be two colour choices during at launch which are black and gold. Gold will have a slight premium over the black though as it uses real gold.